pleased to announce a new dean for the Colorado School of Public Health.
Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, has agreed to accept the position, and will assume his
duties in mid-October.
Since its establishment
just nine years ago, the ColoradoSPH – a partnership of CU Anschutz, Colorado
State University and the University of Northern Colorado – has made remarkable
strides toward becoming one of the country’s premier institutions of public
health. As its third dean, Dr. Samet, who brings the experience of a long and
distinguished career in academic medicine and public health, is uniquely
qualified to take the ColoradoSPH to new heights.
Currently serving as distinguished professor and chair of
the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at
the University of Southern California, Dr. Samet also directs both the
USC Institute for Global Health and the Workforce Development and KL2
Program of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science
Institute. Previously, he chaired the department of epidemiology at the
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and served as clinical
division chief for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the
University of New Mexico.
In each of these positions, Dr. Samet has fostered and mentored faculty
members, created new lines of research, initiated curricular advances
and maintained fiscal stability. He has taught at all levels – from
undergraduate to postdoctoral – and advised master’s and doctoral
students. Aside from teaching, he has conducted a wide array of
research on health issues, and has significant experience translating
research findings into action, including in the areas of tobacco
control, air quality regulations, and underground uranium mining.
Dr. Samet is past-president of the American College of Epidemiology and
the Society for Epidemiologic Research. He was elected to the National
Academy of Medicine (originally established as the Institute of
Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences), one of the highest
honors in medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College,
an MD from the University of Rochester, and a master’s degree from the
Harvard School of Public Health.
We are fortunate to have someone as accomplished and versatile as Dr.
Samet taking the helm of the Colorado School of Public Health at this
critical juncture in its growth. I am grateful to Elaine Morrato, DrPH,
MPH, who as interim dean since December has helped the school continue
to build on its momentum while ensuring we are set up for a smooth
handoff to new leadership. Dr. Morrato will remain as interim dean
until October, after which she will continue in her position as Associate
Dean for Public Health Practice.
Please join me in thanking Elaine Morrato and welcoming Jon Samet, as
we continue to promote the physical, mental, social and environmental
health of people and communities in Colorado and around the